The Teacher’s Role in e-Learning

E-Teaching: Don’t forget the pivotal role of the teacher in e-learning; the case of Cornell University’s Samuel Bacharach. Professor Samuel Bacharach has taught at Cornell University for over 30 years and is the author of business books like Get Them On Your Side and Keep Them On Your Side (a sequel is in the works). About three years ago, Bacharach reached a point in his career that got him thinking about expanding his legacy. “I started writing for a wider audience,” he recalls. “The question was, how do you take sophisticated academic work and make it accessible without diluting it”? One answer came in Bacharach’s writing, which distilled his research into a more accessible format. But he soon realized that there was another way to expand the scope of his work – take it online.

The Teacher’s Role in e-Learning

Why We Need Better E-Teaching, Not More E-Learning. ‘Even though the purpose of MELD is to foster an e-learning discourse, I’d like to offer the heretical suggestion that we replace the term “e-learning” with “e-teaching.” It’s not that there’s anything wrong with e-learning. In fact, well-done e-teaching requires that students participate in e-learning. It’s just that e-learning lowers the bar for teaching by assuming that students teach themselves. This distracts our attention from the benefits of good teaching and limits the upside of re-education. If we want to set a tough standard, one that can fundamentally improve medical education, we should ask for better e-teaching, not more e-learning.’

Updated: July 24, 2018 — 11:43 am

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